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FAQs bronze sculpture casting process

American Bronze Foundry receives many questions about various aspects of the bronze sculpture casting process and things related to bronze. Here is a list of frequently asked questions and their answers. If you have a question that is not answered here, please send us an email or give us a call and we'll get an answer for you.

Q: Do I have to be a sculptor to have a custom bronze sculpture made?

A: No, you don't even have to be an artist. American Bronze Foundry's project consultants, design department, and in-house sculptors will collaborate to bring your idea, concept, or vision to life regardless of whether you are a sculptor or not.

Q: Do I have to have a clay or wax sculpture in order to have a mold made to cast a bronze sculpture?

A: Absolutely not! A mold can be made from just about anything. Bring us just about any object and we'll make a mold from it to cast a bronze version of it that will last many generations to come.

Q: I want to have a pair of my baby's shoes bronzed, do you offer that service?

A: Not exactly. The difference between bronzing and cast bronze is vast. The bronzing of baby shoes is where you send off the shoes then they are dipped and coated with and in various chemicals to achieve a bronze like appearance and the original shoes are forever encased in that shell.

What we do here at American Bronze Foundry is we make a mold from the original shoes and then cast a duplicate pair in bronze therefore retaining the original shoes that are then accompanied by a museum quality fine art bronze sculpture that will last many lifetimes to come making them a perfect heirloom.

Q: I have a photograph of someone and would like a sculpture made of them. Is that even possible?

A: It certainly is! We have had numerous projects based on photographs, sketches, and illustrations -- and each customer was extremely pleased with the final outcome. If you haven't already, please take a look at our portfolio section to view some of our past works.

Q: Do you have custom bases available?

A: Yes. We offer a wide variety of granite, marble, a wood bases to compliment your sculpture that are hand-crafted by our skilled artisans.  Although these are available, having a base in not always necessary as it is cast into the bronze itself or is being placed elsewhere in a specific location such a courtyard.

Q: Is it possible to visit the foundry?

A: Yes. Anyone and everyone is welcome to visit the foundry as it is open to the general public. Group and individual tours are free, so if you're looking for something different for the family to do, call us to schedule a walk-through of our foundry and gallery! It's unlike anything you've ever seen or experienced before! We're conveniently located less than one mile west of the Sanford-Orlando International Airport so if you're traveling, don't miss out on the opportunity to see fine art bronze in the making. 

Q: I had a mold made by you for my bronze, do I get to keep it?

A: Yes, you bought it - it's yours. The mold is yours to keep to either have stored here for later use, or to take with you and do as you please. 

 

What is a foundry?

found•ry  [foun-dree]

-noun, plural -ries

  1. an establishment for producing castings in molten metal.
  2. the act of process of founding or casting metal.
  3. the category of metal objects made by founding; castings.

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What is bronze?

bronze [bronz]

-noun

  1. Metallurgy
    1. any of various alloys consisting essentially of copper and tin, the tin content not exceeding 11 percent.
    2. any of various other alloys having a large copper content.
  2. a metallic brownish color.
  3. a work of art, as a statue, statuette, bust, or medal composed of bronze.
  4. Numismatics. a coin made of bronze, esp. one from the Roman Empire.

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Art Casting Services

  • Project Consultations
  • Concept & Design
  • In-House Sculpting
  • Enlargements & Reductions
  • Mold Making
  • Complete Casting
  • Cast & Blast
  • Fabrication
  • Patination
  • Custom Granite & Marble Bases
  • Conservation & Restoration
  • Crating & Drop-Shipments
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Art Casting bronze foundry Specialties

  • Fine Art Sculpture
  • Monuments
  • Memorials
  • Architectural Ornamentals
  • Artist Commissions
  • Portrait Reliefs
  • Busts
  • Urns
  • Corporate & Public Art
  • Awards & Trophies
  • Plaques

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